My Mother Said, Once You Know Better, Do Better – Here’s How I Use Her Advice

On a recent bright and sunny morning, I had two conversations before 10 AM with individuals seeking information about estate planning. That's not unusual. However, the conversations were with family members seeking to learn about what can be done for a loved one who has some memory loss. The conversations went something like this: I … Continue reading My Mother Said, Once You Know Better, Do Better – Here’s How I Use Her Advice

Handwritten Notes Make A Will – Not So For Most of Us

Handwritten Will Valid or Not? From time to time, I get questions about handwritten wills. In particular, is a handwritten will valid? This is a loaded question. The response to the question will be based on Maryland law. Here’s a scenario that was presented to me: Mr. Bob Smith was sitting around one evening relaxing and … Continue reading Handwritten Notes Make A Will – Not So For Most of Us

3 Things a Scoop of Ice Cream Can Tell You About Estate Planning

How in the world does ice cream and estate planning end up in the same post - is probably what you are thinking? Ice cream is not just kids' play. The treat has national recognition on a grand scale. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice … Continue reading 3 Things a Scoop of Ice Cream Can Tell You About Estate Planning

Don’t Let the Dust Settle on Your Marriage Certificate Before You Get an Estate Plan – Here’s Why

Congratulations if you are recently engaged, and getting ready to marry your sweetheart, your soulmate, your life partner. Weddings are in the air. Maybe you have been married for a few months or a few years. Newlyweds to Silver and Gold Anniversary unions are all fair game when it comes to being acknowledged for staying together as … Continue reading Don’t Let the Dust Settle on Your Marriage Certificate Before You Get an Estate Plan – Here’s Why

We Celebrate You on Father’s Day and the Other 364 Days of the Year

This article has been edited and was originally posted on http://www.abettslaw.com on June 14, 2014, “How is Your Estate Plan Looking for Father’s Day?” (Part 1 of 3 - Series for Men). Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, granddads, uncles and other men who have been mentors to young people. We celebrate the wonderful contributions that … Continue reading We Celebrate You on Father’s Day and the Other 364 Days of the Year

Do You Feel Like Your Nonprofit is Missing a Fundraiser? Here’s Why Planned Giving Should be Part of the Plan

  The role of a fundraiser has countless duties and wears far too many hats. Nonprofits of all types, including faith-based organizations - have challenges when it comes to raising funds.  How many more bake sales or fancy dinners can you have? Fundraising is a necessary part of keeping the lights on, paying staff, maintaining facilities and … Continue reading Do You Feel Like Your Nonprofit is Missing a Fundraiser? Here’s Why Planned Giving Should be Part of the Plan

Reality Check, You Have an Estate Like it or Not

   Here's something to think about. Few people realize that regardless of assets - we all have an estate.  What the digits look like on your bank statement do not matter when it comes to having an estate.  If you have no children or a lot of children, you have an estate.  Being a Millennial … Continue reading Reality Check, You Have an Estate Like it or Not

Happy Mother’s Day From a Grateful Daughter and Auntie

(Photo & video: Models)                                                           Happy Mother’s Day! If you have been fortunate enough to be a mother or care for a young person in a motherly way - … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day From a Grateful Daughter and Auntie

Getting a Medical Advance Directive is not as Painful as You Think

Health is a treasure and good health is even more valuable. The idea of planning for the day or possibility of being in poor health is not easy. After watching family members suffer for years with debilitating illnesses, I have a true appreciation for life, and the pricelessness of having good health. My mother was … Continue reading Getting a Medical Advance Directive is not as Painful as You Think

7 Steps to Getting Your Business Off the Ground

 Recently, I received a request for information from someone who is ready to embark upon a new venture.  While working through the questions that were presented to me, I came up with a few bits of information for the budding entrepreneur. This list of 7 Steps can be applied to starting various types of businesses.  … Continue reading 7 Steps to Getting Your Business Off the Ground